Earthquake risk assessment of Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University is one of the many public institutions in Mississippi located near a seismic hazard zone known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Previous studies reveal the possibility of damage to the campus during an earthquake is in the order of ten percent. Risk assessment for building structures on campus was carried out using HAZUS-MH MR3 software package, for several earthquake scenarios defined to replicate historic and hypothetical earthquake events.The study predicts peak ground accelerations of 0.09g to 0.2g relating to 0.67% to 4.28% building loss ratios respectively, which amounts to a loss of $8.2 million to $53 million. Wood and reinforced masonry buildings show significant resistance to earthquakes compared to concrete and unreinforced masonry buildings. The results of this study suggest that there is a considerable seismic risk to Mississippi State University buildings from a seismic event originating in NMSZ.